Nov 14 2018

Opelika, Ala., Uses IoT to Solve Real-World Problems for Residents

When smart cities come to mind, one often thinks of large metropolises like New York City, Chicago or San Francisco. What about Opelika, Ala.? The city of roughly 30,000 is a leader in what most people would call smart solutions, with connected LED streetlights, sensors that detect gas leaks, a network built specifically to support Internet of Things use cases, and a public parking app in the works. Opelika has not deployed IoT technology for its own sake, but rather to enhance citizen services and solve real-world problems for residents. 

For more on Opelika's technology journey, check out our feature, “Successful Smart City Projects Emphasize Citizen Rewards Now, Growth for Future.”


    Stephen Dawe, CTO, Opelika, Ala. 

    Joey Motley, City Administrator, Opelika, Ala. 

    David Paradice, Chairman, Department of Systems and Technology, Auburn University 

    Capt. Shane Healey, Opelika, Ala., Police Department 

Video Highlights

  • The city and IT leadership in Opelika has embraced forward-thinking smart city solutions to improve citizen services.
  • Opelika has explored IoT-enabled radar systems to detect car crashes for the police department; it is also using sensors and Wi-Fi to measure pedestrian traffic, parking availability, and air and water quality. 
  • Opelika uses Cisco Systems’ LoRaWan (long-range WAN) solution to cover the entire city, and pulls data into Cisco's Kinetic for Cities platform.